Have You Been Tethered Today?


I was just talking to some friends about this, but the whole dream to wake transition can be really jacked up and stressful…especially if you don’t know what you’re doing (which is most of us).

For example, I just woke up, and for a period of about 5 – 10 minutes, during that process of returning to beta waves and a normal, day-to-day awareness of self and personal context, I feel like my mind has to randomly remind me of a few basic truths about being human to get me back on track. The past couple of mornings I go through this thing while I’m coming out of a dream, where I’m reminded of sex, or dirty laundry, or television, or nose-picking. Then it’s like, OH RIGHT, those are human realities that I live with. Sex is how I was begotten in the first place. That’s my context. That is what my species is and does. I can now proceed to being awake. I am now free to roam about in society again.

If you think back to when you were younger, do you remember how upon waking up in the mornings, you might have immediately thought about homework? Now I realize that that wasn’t just your garden variety academic conscientiousness…. it was my mind trying to remind me that I was a human child with pre-determined human child responsibilities, so as to give me a setting and a purpose upon awakening.

I have this theory that there’s a process called tethering that safeguards individuals (i.e. dream travelers) from being incorrectly transferred back to reality upon awakening. When you’re asleep, you’re like a ball floating freely through this other realm of reality, the realm of non-reality. But when you come back to wakefulness, you have to be grounded or connected to something earthly, something mundane and strictly human, otherwise… you will (on a psychic and emotional level) in theory, keep floating during your waking life. Your ball has to be tethered back to something, related back to daily human life.

It’s like you’ve gotta go through this set of checks and balances to make sure you’re still a viable person who is gonna fit into normal, civilized reality…because in the dream world, that shit ain’t normal. That’s not reality. You can’t just jump from that to the waking world and be completely smooth about it. You can’t just free-float in the waking world the way you do in the dream world.

At least I can’t. I guess I know some people who are pretty good at coming out of their dreams and seeming normal about it, but I’ve never been that great at it. I get so jacked up when I’m dreaming, that I’m usually pretty out of it in the mornings when I wake up. It’s like… I was just in the middle of whatever the fuck I was in the middle of… I don’t even know, but now I’m getting booted back to reality to finish whatever the fuck I was doing there 6 – 12 hours ago??? Are you kidding me? I can’t be expected to keep up with this back-and-forth shit on a daily basis. It’s strenuous.


One thought on “Have You Been Tethered Today?

  1. hmmmm… interesting. the other night I woke up at like 2 a.m. in the middle of a dream and started balling my eyes out like a crazy person and hugged Brian. lolz. I guess that was a bad tether.

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